Get Out (I) (2017)
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The film is genuinely creepy. Instead of cheesy music and grotesque torture porn, Peele relies on the unknown to draw you in. What is happening here? The plot builds like a slow boil to a terror explosion. Clues to the outcome are evident from the first second, but it takes the entire run-time to pull everything together. It's such a joy to be surprised by a horror outcome. I don't think I've seen a genre film this inventive since Cabin in the Woods. The resolve is truly satisfying.
My favourite aspect of Get Out is the intelligence of the characters. There's a lot to like, but beyond the deeper themes; the characters aren't morons. I cringe every time I watch a genre film and the characters don't behave logically. Chris and Rose are not fools. Something is amiss, enough to warrant wariness. Anyone in this situation would be unnerved as events play out. Credit again to Peele for writing characters that act rationally.
"Get Out" doesn't replace the scares with humour Peele is too smart to do that. Instead, he balances the fear with laughs and then laces everything with social comment and that unsettling tone. The fact that Chris is so eminently likable just underlines it. It all adds up to something of a treat for everybody, not just horror fans.
This movie actually both scared me and made me laugh and I didn't come out hating the movie. It is a very different movie, also a very political movie, at least I think so. I really thought this movie was going to be terrible after watching the trailer, but now I am really happy I have seen it. I am not really a horror movie fan, but the thing I think this movie did so well was not to depend on hardcore violence, quick camera movement, shock, effects, and nothing that make the bad horror movies bad. I have personally seen more bad horror movies than good, which is why I usually stay away from them.
The thing I love about Get Out is that it is scary in a truly psychological sense that not many horror movies still use. And it does it brilliantly, one second you will be laughing, the next you will be scared out of your mind. The way it does it is brilliant because every bad guy is very nice, good looking, political correct, and that makes it even more creepy. I am so grateful I can finally point to a good modern day horror movie. But again, this movie was great, and I think it sends a message that most do not want to hear, but people need to hear. The racists there are most of now doesn't go around beating up black people or anything of the kind, they mostly do not know they are racist. People who are racist but knows it is wrong, so every time there is a black joke he will go insane just to prove he is not racist, people who wouldn't care if they voted for Barack Obama or Ben Carson as long as they can say they voted for a black person. People who constantly have to remind themselves they are not racist because they voted for Obama, or they are not homophobic because they have a gay friend. The racists that make sure no one speaks in a way that they find uncomfortable, the racist that will say you are racist if you say Mexican instead of Latino American. The racist that will say it is wrong to have your kid dress up as an Indian for Halloween.
That is the message I think this movie is trying to Get Out. Just so you know this is just my opinion of what the movie is saying. If you really want to know it's message, you will just have to watch the movie, to get your own opinion. Anyway this is definitely one of 2017 best movies, and I would recommend to everyone. I hope you found this review helpful and I hope you will love the movie as much as I do.
Well, I can see this would be truly the worst nightmare of a black man (and really the worst nightmare for us all). This is NOT a film that tries to make the viewer feel "sorry" for black people, nor is it at all preachy, but it is just a good old fashioned horror film with a fresh new setting. I'm an old white guy by the way.
The acting is wonderful, and directing is amazing. The film, while mostly horror, is actually completely hilarious in some parts, making it the funniest AND scariest movie I have seen in ages (no easy feat). It is a shame that the film will likely not be regarded in the company of Academy Award potential nominees, because the directing and acting is honestly Oscar worthy. Again, no small feat for a horror movie that is also funny.
In summary, this is a MUST SEE at the theater and one of the best films of the year. It is a fun ride that is very well done!
In the tradition of "The Stepford Wives" with the twist of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," the story follows a young black man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who goes to meet his girlfriend, Rose's (Allison Williams) parents at their fancy estate where things go from slightly uncomfortable in terms of Chris being black to deeply messed up in one slow but inevitable fell swoop.
With a creepy opening scene showing a different black man getting abducted in a peaceful-seeming suburb, the tone is set immediately that there's cause for concern. Luckily for Chris, Rose is really sensitive to issues of race and prejudice, and even when her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) or brother (Caleb Landry Jones) seem to make Chris' blackness into a thing, the two handle it as best as any interracial couple could. The warning signs come in the form of the Armitage family's black help, maid Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and groundskeeper Walter (Marcus Henderson), whose behavior is anything but normal.
Peele sets a tone of creepiness largely with the help of composer Michael Abels, also making his feature film debut. The unpredictable nature of Georgina and Walter as characters, the ever-increasing suspicion of all the white characters and the way Peele keeps you nervous about who or what is just outside the frame fuel the fear and paranoia as well as if not better than any horror movie featuring more overtly malevolent forces does.
Kaluuya, in a role that will deservedly put him on the map, gives a performance that will connect with viewers who identify with Chris as a man trying to feel comfortable while out of his element experiencing strange things, and those who truly understand Chris' experience as a man of color undergoing the very same events. It would be fascinating to know the different ways a black viewer would experience the film compared to a white one, but the most important thing is that everyone will identify with and feel for Chris.
When a little horror film debut like this one gets talents such as Whitford, Keener and Williams, you know the script is good. Peele keeps up the air of mystery a long time even without packing in very many unexpected twists. The awareness of something being wrong but not quite understanding what it going on or why despite getting new information is a real strength of Peele's writing. Then of course there's the brilliant ways that race and the black experience make it into the film. If that weren't enough, Chris' best friend (LilRel Howry) provides comic relief in a way that's stereotypical, yet Peele uses him in unexpected ways. So we get to benefit from Peele's nose for comedy as well.
Not everything adds up by the end of "Get Out," but the film plays out in extremely satisfying fashion. Fans of horror and fans of thrillers who don't mind horror when it's done well should both enjoy the technique and experience. It provides thrills of the pulse-pounding, thrill-seeking and thought-provoking variety and few genre films can say the same.
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The movie was fairly well acted despite not having exceptionally strong material to work with. I thought Daniel Kaluuya turned in a really strong performance and he really saved the movie, imo. I don't recall seeing him in anything else prior to this, but he gave an excellent performance and I hope this serves as a spring board to bigger/better roles. Seems very talented.
My biggest problem with this movie is that I don't know what it was trying to be. It kind of hit a little bit with the satire and humor elements, but all in all, the movie just doesn't really have an identity. The "mystery" behind everything was not well concealed and the twists and turns you'd expect from a movie like this just never developed. I had this movie pretty well figured out before the halfway mark, which made for a less enjoyable second half of the movie. I'm pretty amazed by all the rave reviews it's getting.
It is a bit groundbreaking in it's own right strictly for the cultural/social/racial aspect - as that has been largely neglected in movies, especially this genre - but once you get passed that and just look at the movie for what it is, I can't really give this movie anything more than a middling grade. Not the worst movie I've ever seen by any means, but also not really worth the price of admission either. Wait for it to come out on Netflix and enjoy from the comfort of your own couch.
In some of his comedic work, he seems to be mocking this kind of paranoia, but in Get Out he's embraced it as justified. Maybe I was just giving him too much credit before (I'm thinking of his skit with white zombies that won't eat black people).
If a white author wrote a similar story, projecting his paranoid visions of black stereotypes onto fictional black characters (who, of course, are mere puppets and who have no actual control over their actions), he would be reviled and the picture canned or banned.
However, our modern double standard allows Peele to get away with. In fact, he's apparently now celebrated for it.
In addition to the above, it's just generally not an interesting story. It's highly rated, and I was looking forward to a good horror film, but it's not.
If you're a minority who wants validation for your paranoia, or a white person who wants to wallow in white guilt, you might get something out of it. If not, then no.